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Dirty Pictures #3 • June 1991 

Introduction by John Wooley 

Last issue, we devoted some space to Majestic 
Studios, the art shop begun by Adolphe 
Barreaux in the late 1920s, and how Barreaux 
and the studio hooked up with Spicy pulp 
publisher Frank Armer and began knocking 
out interior illustrations to match the Spicy 
prose stories — the same kids of illustrations 
collected here in Dirty Pictures. And, as was 
mentioned in issue #2, it can be tough to try 
and figure out which artist did what piece of 
art. Of couise, since much — if not all— of it 
was coming from an art shop, a lot of the 
drawings could have been collaborations of 
one sort or other. 

Still, if we take the work in this issue — 
lovingly culled from a representative 
samphng of the Spicy titles of the '30s — we 
can at least match a few artists with 
illustrations. For instance: 

— The drawings from "The Curse Of The 
Cawnpore," 'The Walking Dead," and "The 
Cat That Killed" are by Joseph SokoU, who 
found steady employment with Barreaux 
from somewhere around 15 years, getting 
with the Spicy pulps at their begiimings and 
staying when tiiey toned down and became 
the Speed pulps, painting some covers for the 
group in the mid-to late '40s. 

— Besides Sokoh, the only other Spicy 
interior artist to sign his work with any regu- 
larity was H.L.V. Parkhurst. He's represented 
in this issue by an illo from "24 Hours To 
Go." Although the art is from Spicy Detective, 
Parkhurst seemed more at home illustrating 
costumed adventure with a little grander 
sweep, the kinds of stories more likely to be 
found in Spicy Adventure Stories. 

— ^Max Plaisted, the man whose work — 
for my money, anyway — defined the yen^sojs 
quoi oi the Spicy pulps better than anyone, is 
amply represented in these pages. Compare 
the illustrations for "Murder Mesa," "Fall of a 
Fiend," "Phantom of Fairmont," and "The 
Brute and the Beauty," and you' 11 gel a good 
idea of the characteristics of Plaisted's work — 
including a dean, sharp line, big eyes, and 

small-mouthed, sharp-chinned women who, 
if you' 11 excuse the sexist remark, look as 
though they could trip you and beat you to 
the floor, I also siispect that Plaisted had 
something to do with the two drawings from 
"Ghost Gift." Possibly, he pencilled them and 
Barreaux inked them; the inking style, with 
dominant solid blacks, recalls Barreaux's 
early versions of the "Sally the Sleuth" comic 
strip in Spicy Detective. 

— Barreaux himself is a Uttle harder to pm 
down, stylewise. Based on the run of the 
above-mentioned "Sally" strip, which 
Barreaux signed, it would seem that his art 
evolved from the sharp, dark, 
one-dimensional look of the early two-pagers 
to a more rounded, conventional comic-book 
style later on. A reasonably educated guess 
would put "Pinch-Penny, Bulldogger" and 
'7ewels of Wanoo" into the Barreaux canon. 

—Another guess makes the art for 
"Hearts of the Half-Dead" and "Blackmail 
Hotel" the work of H.W. Kiemle, whose 
fuzzily effective linework graced many a 
Speed pulp, and "Accusing Corpse" may have 

(Continued on inside back cover.) 

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Chris llm: Kditoi- 

Mickic Villa: Co-Ordiiiatine Editor 

Tom Mason: Creative Director 

Dan Danko: Fditorial Assistant 

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TAe Ulaughty Art Of The '30s Pulps 

"Watch, querlda, and see what happens to those who cross El Diablo Rojol" 

From "Murder Mesa" by James L. Gordon 

Originally appeared In Spicy Western Stories, Vol. 9, #2, March 1942. 

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Both illustrations Irom "PInch-Penny, Buitdogger" l>y Laurence Donovan 
Originally appeared In Spicy Western Stories, Vol. 10, #2, November1942. 


The Naughty Art Of The '30s Pulps 


"Kind o'snoopin, ain't yuh, Tiny?" 
Plncher demanded. 



"Damn you, you're deadl' 
he gibbered. "I'll kill you 
myself this timet" 

From "Fall Of A Fiend" by Cary Moran 

Originally appeared In Spicy Mystery Storfes, Vol. 2, #3, January 1 936. 

Tie Niiikty AM Of Tke '30i Pilps 

Tiiey heaid a real scream as the 
reflected girt brought her knife 

From "Fall Of A Rend" by Gary Moren 

Originally appeared In Spicy Mystery Stories, vo). 2, #3, January 1936. 


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The moment the 

house dick 

appeared, I shoved 

her at hfm. \\|j 

From "24 Hours To Go" by Mort Lansing 

Originally appeared In Spicy Detective Stoiles, Vol. 6, #4, February 1 937. 

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The Nauglity Art Of The 'SOs Pulp 

Over her fallen body he flashed the 
scimitar at Iwr throat. 

From 'The Curse Of The Cawnpore" by MagnusBredentieck 
Originally appeared In Spicy Mystery Stortes, Vot. 2, #2, December 1935. 


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"You beasti" she 
whispered. I wasnt afraid 
of that shlv~but I knevt 
she'd use Itr 

Glory lunged forward with the 
knife. "You're behind thisi I 
know you arel" 

Both from "Blackmail Hotel" t>y N. Wooten Page 

Originally appeared In Spicy Detective Stories, Vol. 6, #4, February 1937. 

Tlie Naughty Art 01 TUB '3fls Palp» 

In an Instant she had whisked the knife from her stocking. 
The muggs were trying to get out of the cab now... 

From "Blackmail Hotel" byN. Wooten Page 

Originally appeared in Spicy Detective Stories, Vol. 6, #4, Fetnnary 1937. 

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From "Zannlnl's Puppets" by Justin Case 

Originally appeared In Spicy Western Stories, Vol. 7, #3, August 1938. 


The Naughty Art Of The '3fls Pnlps 

Blood trickled down trom his 
mouth as he shuffled ahead 

From "Ghost QlfT' by Clint Morgan 

Originally appeared In Spicy Mystery Stories, Vol. 1 , #3, July 1 


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It was the gntteUng neddace that he held up to them In the candlelight. 


nvm "Ghost GIfr by Clint Morgan 

Originally appeared In ^Icy Mystery Stories, Vol.1,«3,July1935. 

Tkt Nii§kt]r »Pt 01 Tie '3fl x Pilpi 

From "Phantom Of FalrmonT by Ken Cooper 

Originally appeaiod In Spicy UyslBiy Stories, Vol. 2, #1, Novemlxr 1935. 

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Even as he went down 
In the rush, he saw her 
legs flailing In the 

From 'The WalMng Dead" by E. Hofman n-lce 

Originally appeared In Spicy Mystery Stories, Vol. 2, #1 , Novemtier 1935. 


The Naughty Art Of The '30s Pulps 


Her chant rose to a singing 
shriek as Gather approached. 


From "Accusing Corpse" by Carl Moore 

Originally appeared In Sficy Mystery Stones, Vol. 2, #61 November 1 935. 

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"Not lovel Not lover 
/ / he shouted. "It's my 

repulslveness you 
think on" 

With all his might he 
attacked the monster 
towering over the girt. 

Both from 'The Brute And The Beauty" by Clint Morgan 

Ortglnally appeared In Spicy Mystery Stories, Vol. 2, #2, December 1 935. 


The Naughty Art Of The '30$ Pulps 

Ignoring the struggle, 
Parr turned to the girl. 

From 'The Brute And The Beauty" by Clint Morgan 

Originally appeared In Spicy Mys^y Stories, Vol. 2, #2, December 1 935. 


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They found her vrtth the knife In 
one hand, the gun lieslde her. 

From "Hearts from the Hall-Dead" l>y Colby Quinn 

Originally appeared In Spicy Mystery Stories, vol. 4, #3, July 1937. 

The Naiiglity Art Of The '30i Pilpi 

"This Is the one who must livel" 

From "Hearts from the Half-Dead" by Colby Quinn 

Originally appeared In Spicy Mystery Stories, Vol. 4, #3, July 1 937. 

They pushed In staring 
at the woman lying 
glassY'eyed and 
Uoocty on the bed. 

From "Cat That Killed" bv Mort Lansing^ 

Originally appeared In Spicy Mystery Storios, Vol. 2, #3, January 1936. 

Tic Nll|lt]| Art Of Tie '301 Flips 

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Carrying Raplnee's assistant, 
Jotinny followed Rita. 

From "Murder Magic" by CaiyMoran „ , i, „ n„»K.r hub 

Originally appeared In Spicy DetecHre Stories, Vol. 5, #6,October 1936. 


The Naugltty Art 0! The '30s Pulps 


with one hand be 
choked her cry... 


From "Tomb Dweller" by E. Hoffman Prtce 

Originally appeared In Spicy Mystery Stories, Vol. 2, #2, December 1935. 

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Death Is flying low," the woman cried, yet 
Lane Ignored her, pushed on Into the cavern 
of mystery toward the Devil's Pit. 

From "Bowels Of Darkness" by Phllllpe dl Mario "" 

Originally appeared In Spicy Mystery Stories, Vol. 2, #2, December 1 935. 

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"The American soldier knows no fear. He 
will fight on this front until the last man 

Both from "Yellow Belly" by Phillipe di Mario 

Originally appeared in Spicy Detective Stories, Vol. 3, #1 , May 1935. 


The Naughtir Art Of The '308 Pulps 

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"rm making a tour of the nIgM 
courts." he said grimly. "Don't 
watt lor me." 

From "Yellow Belly" by Pnillipe dl Mario 

Originally appeared In Spicy Delecl/re sroifea Vol. 3, #1 , May 1935. 


The Naiilty Art Of Tie 'SOs Pnlps 

"Come on," he growled, 
"what spIR do you get 
from Zepol?" 

From "Yellow Bally" by Phlllipe dl Mario 

Originally appeared In Spicy Detec^ve Stories, Vol. 3, #1, May 1935. 


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'Your clothes, honeyl" l called. 
'Dress out therel" 

From "Pay Off, Or Elsel" by W.W. McKenna 

Originally appeared In Spicy Detective Stories, Vol. 5, #6, October 1936. 

The Naughty Art Of The '308 Pulps 

She crumpled slowly as he leaped forward. 

From "Killer's Snatch" by TTiomas H. Byrnes 

Originally appeared In Spicy Detecave StoHes, Vol. 3, #1, May 1935. 

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From "Jewels of wanoo" by Qrant S. Sassaman 

Originally appeared In Spicy Mystery Stories, Vol. 2, #1, November 1 935. 


(Continued from inside front cover.) 

come from one Jay McArdle, another Speed 
artist. Both McArdle and Kiemle were part of 
a large group of artists who begiin getting 
credit in the pages of the Speed titles in late 
1946. Others induded the wonderfully named 
Newt Alfred, WilUam Meiliok, Al Savitl, 
Robert McCarthy, Kingsland Ward (who may 
have been the great Spicy cover artist HJ. 
Ward), Frank Volp, Malcolm Kildale, William 
Finley and George Van Werveke. 

Interestingly enough, one "R. Manning" 
also appeared in Private Deteditie in the late 
'40s. Although the art isn't particularly 
distinguished, and done in what may have 
been a house style, if s possibly some of the 
great Russ Manrung's earUest work. He began 
his comic book career in the early '50s, after a 
stint in the Army, and if s quite possible that 
he could've knocked out a few drawings for 
Barreaux before his military service. If thaf s 
true, it makes the SpicyjSpeed pulps the only 
pulp line to have two Tarzan artists on ite 
roster — Rex Maxon, who drew the Tarzan 
newspaper strip in the '40s, also toiled for 

Barreaux at various times. 

There are still lots of mysteries about the 
originators of this frequently great art, 
though. Who, for instance, was the person 
responsible for "Bowels of Darkness"? He, or 
she, shows up a lot in the Spicy pulps, leaving 
behind the same stylized, tantalizing cryptic 
initials (LM? LMC? CLM?). And who was the 
artist who signed the cursive "L" to his art, 
including the drawings from "Yellow Belly" 
seen here? He, too, was a frequent contributor 
to the Spicy books, as was the artist on 
"Zannini's Puppets," whose etching-style 
w^ork was all over the titles in the mid '30s. 

In all likelihood, there's someone out 
there who knows the answers. Indeed, some 
of the old SpicyjSpeed artists are undoubtedly 
still working. We at Malibu Graphics would 
welcome any light they could shed on their 
n\ostly unJcnown and unheralded brethren, 
and we would also welcome correspondence 
from pulp fans who know, or think they 
know, a little more about who did what. 

Any takers? 

— John Wooley 

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